Get it Together, Girl!

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I’ve told you that I have many outfits to post, this is one from back in December.  This flirty skirt is a Target Clearance item.  What I love about it for me, is the flat smooth top of the skirt which emphasizes my smaller waist and the trumpet lower part that camouflages my less than impressive upper thighs.  The material is a casual almost sweatshirt fabric and I just thought it was cute.  I wore it with my fav navy striped shirt from J.Crew (seen here and here), black tights and loafers that are from my sales rep days when I walked on college campuses all day long and needed sensible shoes to make it bearable.  The truth is I like these loafers and feel like they have made a comeback.  The jacket is a thrift store find.  I think it’s adorable.  Cropped and plaid made it a great addition to my jacket collection (which is really quite large).  It’s Tommy Hilfiger and although I’m not sure what it cost me — I did find it in the kids section (but it’s not kids) so I can’t imagine it cost me more than $10. Just recently I saw these pictures (here and here) of OP and thought there was some inspiration there that I hadn’t even realized.

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Light bulb! Mini Sprinkle Shakers

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I was so excited about this little find that I had to share it immediately!!!

We are having a belated Birthday Party for G.  I am the worst at throwing parties.  Hers is coming 4 months late — don’t judge.  Anyway, we are having a house party and one of the activities will be a decorate your own cupcake, since G is loving the Kids Baking Championships on Food TV.  Rather than take out all my sprinkles, I found these mini salt and pepper shakers at Dollar Tree.  We filled them using a funnel and they look adorable and shake out sprinkles at just the right rate for a bunch of 7 year olds.

Cover Up

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So there are a couple of things I like about this ensemble.  First — the plaid wrap.  I got it at Tuesday Morning for $20.  Then I had it monogrammed at a local place where I’ve done everything from towels to bags and backpacks.  Inspiration for the monogram is this Burberry blanket wrap from last year.  I bought the dress this last summer as a  bathing suit cover up.  I’ve been using shirt dresses for cover-ups for years.  I saw these pins (here and here) and it inspired me to dig it out.

The Boots.  I love the boots!  Again, like my post last week,  I needed new pairs that were taller than the ones I’ve had (I bought them when the kids were in pre-school, so I thought I was due for some new ones).  These are Ivanka Trump (Addee knee high suede) and I got them at Lord and Taylor.

The bag (TJ Maxx, also seen here), belt and watch (target also seen here) are old.

 

 

Buffalo Gals

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More from my new plaid collections of shirts.  This is the only Buffalo Check I have, but it’s in the classic red with charcoal grey.  This shirt is in tunic length from Walmart (another pattern seen here) and half tucked into my jean leggings from GAP, 1969 collection (seen here and here, similar here). The coat has become a staple for me (Target C9, last year, also seen here ) The blanket scarf was what I found after Land’s End ran out of the Stewart Plaid last winter (also seen here), but I actually like this one better and if you need this in your wardrobe, head to Bluebirds and Sunshine at the Galleria Mall.  I just saw it there in a darker hue.   The Boots?  …now the boots are brand new.  I have been on the hunt for riding boots that are tall like my Hunter boots (16 1/2 “).  In my experience here in Buffalo, the best place to buy boots is Lord and Taylor.  Not always the least expensive, but not run of the mill and you will love them for years.  This pair is awesome!  Black with bronze back panels and metallic heel embellishment give something unexpected to these riding boots.  Made by Sam Edelman, his Circus line, online at 6pm for $62.00.  Bag is Nine West, TJ Maxx (also seen here); Sunnies are from Tuesday Morning; Belt, old; Watch, Target (also seen here); necklace, gift (also seen here)

Perfectly Cool

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The weather we’ve been having the last few weeks has been perfect! Cool mornings giving way to warmer afternoons and plenty of sun!  Perfect for lightweight layers.  This latest dress is a wonderful addition to my closet.  I found it on clearance at Ann Taylor Loft for $25.  A summer to fall transition piece, sleeveless, fit and flare in an olive green camo-ish pattern.  Today I’m wearing it with my INC short sleeved sweater coat, also seen here (which I remember buying the year of my 20th High School Reunion– so a long time ago), a Relic belt (sold here in black) that I happened to get at JCPenneys immediately before I found the dress (meant to be), black tights, over the knee suede boots (Chinese Laundry— seen here and here).  The necklace is also from Penneys.  I found some great statement necklaces and earrings on clearance for insane prices… like $4 insane, I can’t remember what I got this one for but it is still for sale online.  The blanket scarf from American Eagle (last winter –also seen here) in the top and bottom pictures was for that morning 34 degree chill.

Back to Plaid

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I am in plaid heaven!  If you haven’t gotten a plaid shirt or 5 for this fall and winter, go get some!  I have overdone it, I’m sure, but I love all the shirts I’ve gotten and want to wear one almost every day.  I hit the jackpot at, of all places, Walmart.  They have these Tunic Length ones that are perfect for layering and front tucks.  Today I layered it with a dark heather grey Tee I bought last summer from Target (also seen here).  Distressed Skinny Jeans from Gap and my Arturo Chiang boots (seen here and here).  I am still loving the color of these boots but I think I need higher ones for this season. So I am on the hunt).  My quilted fleece is Target C9, last fall (also seen here).

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Disgust Costume

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images[6]Disgust CostumeInside out Disgust CostumeDSC05043Disgust Insdie Out Eyes and HairHalloween is here again and this year I dressed as Disgust from the movie Inside Out for the kids Halloween parties at school.  I completely pulled everything from my own closet for this costume.  So it’s not perfect but not bad.  It’s all about the color scheme.  The purple/pink and green dress.  I sprayed my hair with colored hairspray and added glitter because all of the characters in that movie have a glittery glow.  I also bought some fake eyelashes from the Dollar Store, and sprayed them green and glittery too.  Green sparkly eyeshadow and bright pink lips completed the look.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Confetti!

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I love this polish!  It’s a party in a bottle.  I was really looking for something that was pink, teal and yellow, because I saw these Jamberry nails wraps and thought they were cute.  Instead, I found this primary colored one and to give it a try.  The base color is my easy go to Sally Hansen’s “Shell We Dance” and the top coat on my ring finger is Salon Perfect “Ruby’s Cube”.  The only think with these polishes is it takes 2 or 3 coats to get the flecks to got all over the nail.  Even some strategic placement is needed to get it to look right.  But for me, it’s worth the extra effort.

I’ve started using a base coat religiously (Revlon Colorstay) and it’s made a huge difference!  I’ve never really liked base coats before but this one is awesome.  Top coat is also Colorstay.  Mani will last for a week, no problem.

Light Bulb! Crossbody or Clutch?

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I can’t believe it but this is my 100th post!  Plus, I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of this little project!  Thanks to all of you who are paying attention.  I hope you get little bit of inspiration every once and awhile. 🙂DSC04860

This is the bag from yesterday’s post.  Let me start by saying I have little to no use for small bags.  I use them more on vacation, but I do like to have clutches that fit into my bigger bag so I can grab the clutch part on the go (running to the store mostly).  I need my clutches to have a wrist strap.  Having to hold onto a clutch leaves you with just one hand, so I always look for a wristlet that is big enough to hold my phone, some lip gloss and my wallet.

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Here’s what I did to make this crossbody a clutch, I took it to a cobbler (shoe repair).  Had them remove the strap and add lobster claws to the long strap so it would be removable.  Then I asked them to make me a wrist strap and add a lobster claw to that.  Now I can change it from crossbody to wristlet anytime.

PS.  I have reworked this concept to work with other bags as well.  My pink Buddah Bag (seen here) has a removable crossbody strap that I add to this little bag that I mostly use a clutch. I bought this colorful number at Walmart when I was looking for a vacation clutch (I cut off the long strap that I had no use for).  And now that I have the wristlet attachment I can add it to almost any small bag I have.

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